Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pandan and Coconut Checkerboard Brownies

Along with my bake along buddies, Joyce and  Zoe, we are baking coconut checkerboard brownies. I've not done anything checkerboard ..not on cookies, cakes or brownies as i always have the impression that they are a little complicated to make..bake, cut and assemble but always look impressive to me. When this recipe was picked by Joyce, the first thing i did was to look at the number of whisks next to the title. One whisk means easy to make , this recipe indicates 2 whisks..ok, at least not so bad . The original recipe has a chocolate brownies at the bottom and alternating squares of coconut brownies and chocolate brownies at the top. I suddenly have a tempt to make a pandan flavoured one instead of a chocolate brownie... pandan and coconut should be nice i thought.

Hmm..not too bad..quite least nobody said that it's not nice :) but i think it can be better with some improved version but at this time i dont know what else can be done to make it even tastier. I love the flaked coconut in the white coconut brownie and also on the toppings and the green brownie has a nice flavour enriched by the pandan paste that i used. Actually eating this brownie is like eating those square coconut candies which we can find here, normally comes in pink but this is a little softer. I did however encountered some problems during the baking MISTAKE.. i made the wrong conversion of butter from tablespoons to gram..a lot more butter that i used here resulted in my cake was 'floating' in oil.. after 30 mins into the oven! So much oil! I was staring in shouldnt be..I didnt even sense anything wrong when mixing the batter..i took the pan out and pour away all the oil and continue baking till complete. Glad i was able to rescue the cake, relieved that the checkerboard pattern did not get distorted and  was actually quite surprised that the cake wasnt that oily as i thought it should have been due to my mistake. So i shall be putting down the correct conversion in the recipe here but if you want to try this, please try at your own risk!! :-D

Recipe ( from Bon appetit Desserts page 589 ) with changes
i made this in a 6"X6" square pan
Coconut Batter
3.5oz sweetened flaked coconut
1/8 cup powdered sugar
1/8 cup whipping cream
1 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
half an egg
pinch of salt

Pandan Batter
45gm butter
1.5oz white chocolate chips
1 egg
2-2.5 tsps pandan paste ( you can put less if you want )
60gm castor sugar
48gm plain flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Coconut Batter
Measure 1/3 cup flaked coconut , set aside. Place remaining coconut and sugar in a processor, finely chop. Add whipping cream and cream cheese to processor and blend well. Add egg and salt then, blend well, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Cover and refrigerate until very firm, about 3 hours.

Pandan Batter
Butter a 6"x6" baking pan. Melt butter with chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into medium bowl and cool to lukewarm. Whisk in eggs and pandan paste. Whisk sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and sift over pandan mixture. Mix until blended and smooth. Spread 1/2 plus 1/4cup  of pandan batter in prepared pan and cover pan tightly with aluminium foil and keep in the fridge. Refrigerate remaining batter until very firm, about 3 hours.

Position rack in center and preheat oven to 325F/162C. Alternate 1 tbsp remaining pandan batter and 1 tbsp coconut batter over pandan layer, filling pan completely. Sprinkle reserved flaked coconut over white coconut mounds, press gently to adhere and cover pan tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake until tester inserted in center of pandan and coconut mounds comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool brownies completely in pan.

For our next round, we will be making chicken pies as the theme. Linky will be opened from July26th to August01, 2012, all are welcomed to join us and dont forget to link your post back to one of the host's blog ( me, Joyce or Zoe ). Oh, kindly link new or recent posts only. Thank you!!

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  1. Your pandan coconut version of checkerboard brownies look very innovative!

    Your brownies floating in oil!??? Luckily, you managed very well to fix this.

  2. Dear Lena,

    Your dreamer friend signing in
    Your brownies look so tempting
    After what I have seen
    I feel like biting the screen
    This is the dreamer signing out
    Don't forget to do your workout


  3. This brownie looks like Nyonya Kuih at my first glance. It is beautiful. Lena, I am now trying to bake chicken pie, no guts to try this. Hehehehe!

  4. So this is checkerboard brownies look like? :D The combination of pandan and coconut is so matching.

    I skip the bake along this time, I suck in board games.

  5. Lena , that brownie looks beautiful ! Just love the color ! Floating in oil ?! Nice save :D It looks moist and chewy !

  6. Hi Lena, Your brownie has an asian-inspired flavour, very nice! A great idea with pandan, luckily you managed to save the brownie! Zoe has made a cute version that looks like polka-dots! hehe! I find it very interesting with three different brownies from one recipe! And all three turns out great! :o)

  7. Looks like coconut candies to me! It has been a long while since I last tasted them..but these are brownies? wow.. something I never seen nor tasted before.. hahaha..

  8. I just saw Zoe's checkerboard brownies and was floored, but you've done the same. These look amazing!

  9. Looks like coconut candies to me too :) nice work !

  10. Hi Lena, pandan sounds lovely, goes well with the coconut, I think I would prefer pandan to chocolate! Your brownie looks perfect, can't tell there was any mistake at all.

  11. Oh Lena, these brownies do look lovely. Mine is a horror too... Will post up soon:-D Oh w pandan, must be yummy too:))

  12. Gorgeous & the combination of both pandan and coconut is just like a perfect marriage of flavours :)

  13. Great that you saved the cake from drowning from the pool of butter/oil! Cos it does look pretty yummy....with the coconut flakes as added texture. :)) almost looks like coconut tartlets in cake form. Love the color btw. So this checkerboard bake along is only for cakes? Can it be cookies?

  14. Look so unique. Pandan and coconut good combination. When I was baking this, I always think and think whether chocolate and coconut is a good match or not. It is nice to bake along with you gals...

  15. So cute. If wonder if we can play chess on it, and who ever wins get to eat one piece, kekekeke.
    Later on, none is left.

  16. sungguh menarik.Jarang jumpa brownies hijau begini.Masuk list dulu ya:)

  17. look beautiful, but sound quite sweet huh..

  18. OMgoodness, your baked goods look really amazing. KUdos, Lena!
    Hope you're having a lovely evening,dear.

  19. I finished typing a message here & don't know what happen, looks like I need to do it again!Your version of checkerboard brownies stood out becoz you chose to use the pandan flavour, I like the colour! Now I have a Better idea as to how to shape like this

  20. This is the first time I see brownies like this. Beautiful and unique. I LIKE it. Something different from the usual choc. kind.

  21. Pandan brownie interesting combination. Will like to try out one day.

  22. Wow, the images are stunning and the flavor combo sounds pretty interesting, if we find pandan we'll try to make it! :)

  23. looks delicious and beautiful! ya reminds me of the coconut candy too

  24. zoe: yeah, glad that these brownies can still be saved and edible! i'll feel very guilty if i
    had to throw away the whole thing!

    Good evening my dreamer friend
    still working like a dog?
    hope all is fine at your end
    No time for workout
    but will do so, no doubt
    Perhaps some sit ups on the floor
    a fatty tummy is something i cant ignore
    or maybe running round my garden all day
    you think is that okay or not okay?

  25. Yan: thank you. The recipe may sound a little complicated but hey, you did batik cake too, remember? will be looking forward to your chicken pies! i need to make them soon too!

    yvonne: me too..dont know how to play chess..think i better play snake and ladder! haha!

    anne: yes, floating in frying the cake!! anyway, the result was not that bad :) Phew!

    Joyce: i've oredi seen zoe's cute. Yeah after reading her post, i remember she told us that she didnt like coconut.

    claire: actually i find that their texture is very similar to those coconut candies. dont see them selling much here.

    ellen: thank you ellen! zoe's brownies are very cute looking!

    elin: if i make it red, it looks even more like coconut candies. Looking forward to meet you!!!

    mich: i hvnt actually tried a choc and coconut combination but now hearing what some of you said, it should be good!

    mimi: i've just read yours. YOurs look very cute too and next time i think we really got to open our eyes and look carefully when we make think of making changes to the recipe. Good that you had some ice cream to go with your brownies!

    dg: hi, how are you?? it's been so long that i never see your posting, hope you are good!!

    bee2: no, not for cookies. However, if you are keen to make, you can make some similar brownies , not necessary coconut or choc flavour.

    angeline: haha! i know..seems that choc and coconut is a rare combination to some of us but glad to hear that you like them!

    wendy: then sure i will never get to eat cos i dont know how to play chess!!

    cm: ya kak, i pun jarang tengok pandan brownies..hope you will like it.

    sonia: yeah, they are sweet but not to that extremely sweet, i think can probably reduce the white chocolate here.

  26. kristy: thank you so much my friend, you are always so nice!!

    jessie: u know what happened? your comment earlier went to my previous post, you have typed in your comment there! haha! you like quay po...lucy!!

    gert: thank you ! yes, i think pandan brownie is something quite rare we come across, this is just replacing some of the ingredients, no major changes really, it's quite nice to go with the coconut brownies..if i were to make these again, probably i will reduce the white chocolate .

    vivian: i hope you will like it!

    miriam and bogdan:thanks for coming by here, will be chking your site soon!

    jeannie: thanks, yeah, texture and taste quite like the coconut candies especially the white portion.

  27. So cool your checkerboard the flavors of this treat.
    Hope you are having a great week Lena :)

  28. Unique combination - for a moment I thought why brownie is green color. Looks good for breakfast.

  29. Gosh, lovely! From a distance thought it was candy at first glance.

  30. Hi Lena, this brownie looks so nice and special, I never encounter pandan coconut brownie b4 lol.

  31. Owh I loved the colour combination here! Pleasing to the eye and tummy! :)

  32. That looks super impressive! I don't think I'll have the patience to make it though.

  33. Hi Lena,
    Love your pandan and coconut checkerboard brownies. They look so prefect! Can't tell they is a slight mistake you made..hehe
    i have just bake mine today..but i tell you softly ..mine look a bit terrible la..:p

  34. Hi Lena, pandan and coconut are my all time favorite combination, it sure taste awesome.

    Your brownies look good, would love to have 2 pieces for my supper. ;)

    Have a nice week ahead.

  35. What beautiful checkerboard brownies Lena. Pandan and coconut just seem go together. I do hate it when I discover a mistake when it's too late and already in the oven. Good to hear it turned out well, it does look tasty!

  36. this is SO clever - delicious and a lovely take on the checkerboard theme!
    Mary x

  37. how neat is this? I love the checkerboard pattern and all that coconut is making me drool. i just love coconut

  38. That looks fantastic!!! very creative!! Pandan and coconut are classic- so I know this slice will be good!

  39. such a lovely combination, Lena
    coconut and pandan is best friends! :)

  40. Love your version of checkerboard brownies! The green colour looks smashing.
    Mine didnt turn out good. :(. The brwonies were soggy and the coconut was burnt. Although it tasted good but I didnt post it as I was not happy and satisfied with the result. Also we didnt have any net connections for two whole days!!! I missed you guys and also realised that I m officially mow "addicted" to blogging :D.
    Have a nice day!!

  41. Lena, I notice this coconut checkerboard dun have so many supporters to bake. There's only 7 of us baking them. Hopefully to see more bakers joining this.

  42. Lena, this is the most unusual, and pretty checkerboard brownies I have ever seen! Love the coconut, and the pretty green pandon paste. So unusual, and fun, also yummy for sure:D

  43. This deserves a WOW! Fantastic idea making these brownies with pandan & coconut! Looks so stunning & tempting, Love the color too. I can imagine how good these brownies would taste like. Simply HEAVENLY! O.kay now can I have some please? LOL

  44. o my Lena, this looks WOWED! Gorgeous green colour.

  45. Interesting brownies..leave it to Joyce to pick this 'one-of-a-kind' recipe to yummy, nevertheless, Lena. Can I have a piece or two with a cuppa hot tea??

  46. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesJuly 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Hi Lena, I'm sure yours taste as great as the others. Pandan and coconut are great friends, aren't they? Yummy!

  47. Beautiful, looks like a piece of art rather than something to eat!

  48. Look so pretty! and looks moist and delicious. I would have seconds and thirds.

  49. Hello Lena, wow, love this cake. And the colours really nice. Never eaten one before, but sure would love one or not two of yours.
    As I'm not a kitchen person, looks a tough one to make...
    But the result sure looks good.
    Have fun, and keep well.

  50. Very nice!! I really like the checkerboard design and colour... very unique.. and yes, pandan sure goes well with coconut.. i like this combi too..,, looks so delicious just by looking at it....

  51. This is SO cool! I love the color! I have never made a checkerboard anything, but I want to now! Good save on the cake ;)

  52. juliana: thank you for your lovely words always!

    chris: not trying to be smart but just thought of this combination.

    cheah: actually it did tasted like our chinese coconut candies.

    jess: yeah, i think a pandan brownie is not very common but i think it can be very nice with more experiments and improvements.

    love2cook: thank you so much!

    kelly: hi, not really that difficult but the process of waiting this and that to be cooled takes some time to bake this cake.

    doreen: i didnt see your submission, what happened to your brownies?

    amelia: i know, i know, i see now you are into coconut mode!! LOL!

    lyndsey: my eyes almost popped out when i saw there were so much oil surrounding the cake, cant think of anything else except to throw the oil out.

    mary: thank you!

    jessica: lucky that the pattern didnt get distorted tho the mishap.

    daphne: thanks dear! it goes quite well together but there is still room for improvement!

    alice: yeah, dont think this combination is a weird one, just that there's still something which i dont know what that we can make to make it even more tastier.

    anuja: it's okay..dont worry about not posting. Yeah, i know now you are a blog addict!!

    angeline: i think maybe the recipe seems a little complicated but it's really okay to see the rest who are baking with us. I know that some tried but didnt turn out well .

    elisabeth: it's my first time making cherkerboard though and if you see from the linky above, there are a lot more nice cherkerboards than mine. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments always!

    kit: habis liao! haha!next round, ok?

    angie: thank you! the greem seems pretty striking i think :)

    jen: i think joyce wont be baking this again, we hv lots of other bakes to complete..hahaha!

    eileen180: thank you, glad that the cake was saved in a way, if i have the chance to make this again, for sure will try to make some adjustments.

    chris: thank you so much!!i'm hoping to make your strawberry balsamic pizza this week!

    nancy: hi, thanks for visiting!!

    lee:thank you!!sorry for my late visit again, beeen quite busy lately but will visit soon!!

    cathleen: thanks so much, my first time too making a checkerboard :)